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Holland America Line is an established cruise line offering luxury cruises, ideal for special occasions, fans of traditional cruising and those interested in varied destinations. Gracefully designed, with spacious public rooms boasting fine art and antiques, any one of Holland America Line's cruise ships will effortlessly delight. When it comes to your time onboard you can expect delicious cuisine, fun activities and dazzling evening entertainment, as well as exclusive BBC Earth Experiences and live chamber music. Combined with the amazing destinations visited during your cruise, a holiday with HAL is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

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No matter where you’re sailing to with HAL, you can sample luxury cuisine from all over the world in the amazing onboard dining venues. With a mix of restaurants included and other speciality options available to celebrate a special occasion, there’s something for every taste onboard.

Included dining

  • The Dining Room – International
  • Lido Market- International Buffet
  • Dive-In-Fast Food
  • Tea Time-Classic
  • New York Pizza- USA
  • 24-Hour Room Service

Speciality dining

  • Pinnacle- US surf and turf
  • Canaletto- Italian
  • Tamarind-Asian fusion
  • Rudi’s Sel De Mer- French seafood
  • Name Sushi- Sushi
  • Explorations Café- Coffee
  • Grand Dutch Café- Continental
  • Gelato- Ice cream

Holland America Line has a range of bars and lounges that bring evenings onboard their ships to life. For any cocktail lovers, there are plenty of spots to choose from. Crow’s Nest offers stunning views, while mix serves a combination of Martinis, spirits and ales or for those who are real enthusiasts when it comes to Whiskey, Notes is the place to be.

If you enjoy music, then the live performances in the evenings are a real highlight of cruising with Holland and America Line, where you can enjoy some of the best acts at sea in either the main theatre or more intimate bars and lounges. Genres span from live chamber music to piano singalongs and rock and roll hits.

Alternatively, the onboard casino on every ship is always popular once the sun sets, with hordes of cruisers hoping to hit the jackpot on one of the slot machines or games tables.

While Holland America Line understands the important role that a holiday plays in bringing the family together to make amazing memories, they also know that kids like to play and have fun with others their age, which is why they offer Club HAL. With dedicated clubs for different age groups, even the youngest guests will love their cruise experience and with highly trained and experienced staff, parents can be safe in the knowledge that their kids are being well cared for.

  • Kids programs- for those aged 3 to 6, there's the chance to get arty, do some singing and dancing and go on treasure hunts, all while they make friends with other little ones.
  • Tweens programs- theme parties, gaming tournaments and ice-cream eating competitions are just a taste of the fun that 7-12 year olds can have during a HAL cruise.
  • Teens programs- 13-17 year olds haven't been forgotten and with everything from mocktail parties to themed events and trivia contests, parents will have a hard time getting their teenagers back!

Holland America Line sail to all four corners of the world, cruising to 14 unique destinations only accessible with HAL, totalling more than 473 ports.

  • Europe- Explore the Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean or Baltic
  • Asia- Take in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai Bangkok and Manila all in one wondrous adventure.
  • Americas- Discover wild Alaska, paradise islands in the Caribbean, the top US landmarks and the natural diversity of South America and even Antarctica.
  • Australasia- From the classic cities of Australia to the natural wonders of New Zealand, the myriad of pacific islands are also at your fingertips.

World Cruises

Holland America cruises also set sail on a 108-day grand world voyage which will take you to the far reaches of Antarctica, as you explore the 4 corners of the world on Prinsendam.

Fly Cruises

Most cruises with HAL are fly cruises with free economy flights from Glasgow, Manchester and London. Regional flights from other UK airports are available at a supplement.

While exploring places in the world that you’ve never visited before may be the main draw of a cruise, this doesn’t mean that your free time spent on the ship has to be anything less than memorable, and with so many different activities to choose from you’ll struggle to fit it all in. Some of the highlights include:

  • Spa and fitness- the Greenhouse Spa & Salon is available for guests at an extra cost, with experienced staff ready and waiting to introduce you to new levels of pampering. Whether you choose a massage, a facial or to simply sit back in the sauna and let your worries evaporate into thin air, you’ll leave feeling like your best self. In addition, the gym is perfect for anyone looking to keep up with their workouts.
  • America’s Test Kitchen- live onboard cooking shows and interactive workshops which let guests get hands-on with the food.
  • BBC Earth Experiences- thanks to groundbreaking concerts and films, guests will be transported deep into the ocean and natural world.
  • Shopping- enjoy a range of duty-free shopping onboard a HAL cruise selling everything from beautiful jewelry to high-end fashion.

Explorations Central

HAL takes you to not only the heart of the destinations, but also to the soul of each place you visit. At the exploration central helpdesk you get expert advice on shore excursions as well as use of the handy touch screen to research what’s available. The Navigator App available free on your phone or device is also brilliant for planning your schedule.

The ‘EXC’ also provides onboard EXC Talks to learn more about each fascinating destination with immersive presentations by local and field experts. Meanwhile, ashore EXC Culture lets you take in local arts workshops and performances such as tribal dances and singing to truly experience the culture.

Also available on select regions and sailings:

  • EXC Nature
  • EXC Port to Table
  • EXC Photography
  • EXC Excursions

Customer reviews for Maasdam

  • Maasdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 01 Jul 2015

First time with Holland America. Liked the smaller ship - only 1200+. We sailed from Boston to Montreal. Lovely scenery ashore. Meals good. Entertainment company average except for the last show which were excellent. To give them fair dues, they were dancing on a small stage. We had a vista suite - about 280 sq ft. We didn't feel that it was big enough to be called a suite, just a superior balcony cabin. I personally found the mattress too hard, but my husband was ok with it. As expected, the staff were very attentive, but service in the dining room was slow on several evenings. We chose he free dining for dinner and it was more interesting meeting different passengers at dinner instead of being at a fixed table. I would Tavel with Holland America again as their ships go to smaller ports. I do not recommend staying on in Montreal. We found the city was a mishmash of fine older buildings dominated by 60s 70s buildings. Looked as if there had been no overall town planning.

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  • Maasdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 19 Nov 2011

Our time on the Maasdam was fantastic. We were amazed that from the first step onboard, the room steward knew our names. And the wine steward at dinner also seems to remember everyone's favourite drink. I found the food wonderful, especially the Lido buffet. I found the services to be friendly and attentive. Also I found the performers in the production shows are truly talented. There are plenty to do for family to participate such as sailing, snorkel and shuffleboard. And our kids loves the variety of fresh burgers tasty, and also there are plenty of flavours ice cream for them to choose from.

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